Being proactive about your oral health is one of the most important things we recommend. Studies prove that regular visits to a dentist aid in the early detection of periodontal disease and oral cancer.
Visiting us twice a year limits your chances of developing a serious oral condition. However, staying alert the rest of the year is important as well. Know the warning signs of serious oral health issues goes a long way to keeping you healthy.
The most overlooked advanced conditions take place in the gums. Sudden change of color is the most common warning sign that something may be wrong.
If you notice a change to red or bluish-red from the normal pink color, you should contact you dentist immediately. Additionally, receding or swollen gums are symptoms that should not be ignored. Changes in gums can lead to gingivitis and periodontitis–resulting in tooth loss.
White spots on your teeth
Dental decay is an infection of your teeth. Your enamel breaks down and dissolves as a result of bacteria and acid build up.
An early warning sign of dental decay is the forming of white spots on your teeth. These spots can be difficult–but not impossible–to spot on your own.
Hot and cold sensitivity
The nerves and blood vessels live in the center of your teeth.
Developing a new sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks means a few different outcomes for your dental health. Most significantly advanced dental health decay or night grinding. If you experience new temperature sensitivities, don’t hesitate to make an appointment with your dentist. This type of pain indicates the decay is no longer superficial.
Tooth pain is the most common and obvious symptom that something is awry in your mouth. There’s almost no possible reason for your teeth to be causing you physical pain other than a sign of something more serious.
Tooth pain comes in many shapes and sizes. It could be an internal dull pain or even painful to the touch. Additionally, even tooth pain that lasts a few days and then goes away should be taken very seriously. That could be a sign of infection, which always has the chance of returning.
Routine visits to the dentist are the most beneficial way to maintain proper oral hygiene. However, the rest of the year is just as important too. Taking responsibility for your oral upkeep and knowing the warning signs can prevent major issues in the future.
Dr. Mike Mavrostomos is passionate and top-quality comprehensive care dentist located in Bedminster, NJ whose continual pursuit of education and state-of-the-art dentistry has led to his being recognized as one of New Jersey’s Top Dentists by the New Jersey Top-Docs committee.